As we grow older we are more susceptible to ailments that come with aging such as high blood pressure, rheumatism, arthritis and incontinence. Although aging can have some limitations on the kind of exercise the elderly can perform it is essential that they do get some form of exercise to stay fit and healthy.
Yoga is an excellent form of exercise that can be adapted to suit the needs of the elderly and a form that can help with many of the problems associated with aging. Some yoga poses are specially designed to help with normalizing blood pressure and bringing balance to the nervous system and can help in the prevention of heart problems.
The breathing techniques associated with yoga are an excellent way to leave the whole body feeling refreshed and clean the air passages which can help with diseases of the respiratory system.
Anyone whatever their age should have respect for their body and know how far to push it when undertaking yoga as a form of exercise, for it to be effective yoga must be practice properly.
Anyone trying too hard and pushing their body too much will have the opposite effect on their body to what yoga was designed to do, yoga is about relaxation and by putting too much strain on the body you will only stress your body more. Some poses are more suited for the elderly than others and these are:
This is a breathing exercise that is designed to cleanse and refresh the body, if you are prone to suffering from respiratory problems then you will have a build up of excess mucus in the air passages or feel tension or pressure in the chest when this happens it is often better to breathe more quickly.
The easy pose
This is a classical yoga meditation pose and is a pose that usually will follow the corpse pose, it helps in straightening the spine, promoting a deep sense of well being, slowing the metabolic system down and keeping your mind focused.
The cat pose
The cat pose teaches you to move from your centre and to coordinate your movement and breathing which are the two essential points in yoga.
The dog pose
This pose makes the spine more flexible and supple and stretches the hips, middle and lower back. It is a pose which rejuvenates the entire body and will help in the prevention of further back problems.
Double leg raise pose
This pose is known for strengthening the lower back and abdominal muscles, it will also trim the hips and thighs and keep you in general good shape.
The half spinal twist
This pose strengthens the spine and is beneficial to the kidneys, liver and adrenal glands. It will also tone all ligaments and will help in the improvement of digestive disorders.
Before undertaking any form of exercise it is essential that you seek the advice of your Doctor particularly if you are receiving treatment for any serious medical condition. Your Doctor may advise that you practice yoga with a trained yogi and there are classes run especially for the older person.